Silent Movie

Silent Movie

DVD - 2006
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A has-been movie director (Mel Brooks) intends to make a comeback by making a silent movie, and in the process, save his film studio from a takeover by a New York-based conglomerate.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2006
Branch Call Number: SIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Mel Brooks in Silent movie

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akirakato
May 04, 2016

This is a 1976 American satirical comedy co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks.
with appearances by Anne Bancroft, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Marcel Marceau and Paul Newman, this silent movie is supposed to be funny.
Although it is funny at times and you might laugh to death, the whole flick appears quite ridiculous and nonsensical when judged with today's comedy standards.
If you want to kill time, then this movie is okay for you.
Otherwise, you'd better find one of more interesting and meaningful films.

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ManMachine
Sep 15, 2015

Get this! Silent Movie's tag-line was - "The only sound you'll hear is laughter!".... (Oh!? Really!?)... And, of course, when it came to that laughter, the only one you're likely to hear chuckling merrily away would be director Mel Brooks (all the way to the bank) 'cause his $4 million movie had just grossed $36 million at the box-office.

Yep. That's the only laughter you're gonna hear in regards to this unfunny dud. 'Cause, believe me, it didn't provoke any laughter in me.

And, speaking about slapstick comedy - If this particular genre wasn't already dead by the time Silent Movie was released in 1976, then, to be sure, this film certainly succeeded in killing it, once and for all.

With the exception of but a few good sight gags - I swear Silent Movie's storyline (which came across like a Made-For-TV movie) was being made up as they went along. And cameo appearances by the likes of Paul Newman, James Caan, and Burt Reynolds did nothing to compensate for the utter stupidity of this picture.

And, finally - This dumber-than-dumb movie lost itself some very serious points for its blatant (and very unwelcome) product placement of the all-familiar Coca Cola logo.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 09, 2014

A silly, amusing Mel Brooks movie that has the novelty of being, yes, a silent movie. Brooks plays a washed out director who is trying to get a new film off the ground with his two companions, played by Marty Feldman (Igor from "Young Frankenstein") and Don Deluise. Brooks's former boss Sid Ceasar plays a studio head, Bernadette Peters a vampy nightclub performer, and Brooks's wife Anne Bancroft has a cameo as herself, as do some other celebrities. The gags come fast and furious, drawing on silent comedies and Marx brothers films, and you can see its influence on other parody films like those of ZAZ ("Airplane!" "Top Secret!"). Slight, but entertaining.

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